South Carolina 10th Infantry Regiment


 


HISTORICAL NOTES:

The South Carolina 10th Infantry Regiment was organized at Camp Marion, near Georgetown, South Carolina, in July, 1861. Its members were raised in the counties of Georgetown, Horry, Williamsburg, Marion, and Charleston. The regiment moved to Cat Island where many of the men suffered from typhoid fever, measels, and mumps. In March, 1862, it was sent to Mississippi, then in the Kentucky Campaign it was involved in the capture of Munfordsville. During the war it was assigned to General Manigault's and Sharp's Brigade and from September, 1863 to April, 1864, was consolidated with the 19th Regiment. The unit served with the Army of Tennessee from Murfreesboro to Atlanta, endured Hood's winter campaign in Tennessee, and saw action in North Carolina. It lost 16 killed, 91 wounded, and 2 missing at Murfreesboro, and the 10th/19th had 236 killed or wounded at Chickamauga and totalled 436 men and 293 arms in December, 1863. During the Atlanta Campaign, July 20-28, the 10th Regiment lost 19 of 24 officers engaged and surrendered on April 26, 1865, with no officers and 55 men.

From The History of Edgefield County:

Men went to the front full of enthusiasm, leaving wives and children at home. In a little while it was impossible to go to church, or to any gathering of people, without seeing wounded soldiers at home on furlough, with arm in a sling or limping on crutches. Every mail brought news of a neighbor or a friend being wounded or killed in battle. The most distinguished officers that were killed from the section of country embraced in the lower battalion of the Tenth Regiment, were Lieutenants J. R. Bouknight, W. J. Denny, J. M. Daniel, Levi Crouch, W. A. Rutland, and Hiram Holstein; Captain Norris and Major John Crowder. These were all brave and patriotic men. No doubt there were many brave deeds done by private soldiers, as well as by the officers, that ought to be recorded; and the pen of this scribe would move gladly and swiftly in recording them, but no record was made of them at the time, and they have passed into the sum of all, lost, but not lost, as a drop of water in the sea.

Old soldiers still often speak of the unrivalled fun and courage of Loss Padget, a youth of twenty, who was killed in Virginia just before the surrender of Lee's army.

The 10th served in The Army of Tennessee and should have been involved in the Carolinas Campaign, battle of Bentonville, NC and the surrender there by Gen. Johnston. What was Pvt. Padget doing in Virginia?

The men now living who were most prominent in the war from the lower battalion, are Captain P. B. Waters, now a lawyer at Edgefield; James Mitchell, A. P. West, A. P. Bouknight, James Boatwright, Henry Vanzandt, S. L. Ready, and Colonel E. J. Goggans.

Thomas J. McKie, M. D., was surgeon of the Tenth Regiment South Carolina Volunteers.

REF: History of Edgefield - Chapman

OFFICERS:

Col. Arthur M. Manigault
Col. James F. Presley (Pressley)

Lieutenant Colonel Julius T. Porcher
Major A. J. Shaw
Lieut. Col. Cornelius I. Walker

BATTLES:

The 10th Infantry Regiment was engaged in the following battles:

Corinth Campaign (APR - JUN 1862)
Kentucky Campaign (AUG - OCT 1862)
Murfreesboro (31 DEC 1862 - 3 JAN 1863)
Tullahoma Campaign (JUN 1863)
Chickamauga GA (19-20 SEP 1863)
Chattanooga Siege GA (SEP - NOV 1863)
Atlanta Campaign GA (MAY - SEP 1864)
New Hope Church (25 MAY - 4 JUN 1864)
Atlanta Siege (JUL - SEP 1864)
Franklin (30 NOV 1864)
Nashville TN (15 - 16 DEC 1864)
Carolinas Campaign SC (FEB - APR 1865)

ROSTERS:

Company H
Company K

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